Sarah's account of the facts is accurate. As soon as I learned that the
vote of confidence had gone against me 3:1 I recused myself from further
discussion, submitted my resignation to the Board by email, and asked to
be taken off the Board and Council mailing lists. There is nothing I have
to add at this time.
Members of the TEI-list may be interested in a long and reflective letter
about the TEI that I sent to the Board and Council on August 4. You can
find it at http://ariadne.northwestern.edu/mmueller/teiletter.pdf. As I
said explicitly in the letter, I intended it as a sharable document in
which I speak only for myself.
On 8/15/11 12:46 PM, "Sarah Wells" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>To the TEI Council and larger community,
>As some of you may have heard, the TEI Board had a contentious
>conference call last week, and the result was the Martin Mueller has
>resigned as Chair of the Board.
>This occurred during a regular conference call last Thursday, August 11.
>Five out of six voting members were expected to attend, but minutes
>before the Board convened, one member apprised the Board via email that
>she would not be able to attend. This meant that only four of the six
>voting members were present, which still represented a quorum. There
>were some difficulties in joining the conference call, and one Board
>member arrived a few minutes late. Prior to the meeting, a Board member
>requested a point of privilege via email, on a motion of confidence in
>the Chair. The Chair absented himself from the meeting to switch
>connections and another Board member moved for the vote of confidence
>without discussion. It failed, with one vote expressing confidence in
>the Chair and three against. When the Chair returned he was apprised of
>the vote and left the call.
>We realize that this may raise more questions & concerns than it
>addresses, and we will send out a more detailed explanation to account
>for this event and to outline our plans for finding a replacement. In
>the meantime, we are working on an interim solution to stabilize the
>Board. We are continuing our conversations on this list, and will hold a
>teleconference very soon.
>TEI Secretary and Treasurer
>Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
>[log in to unmask] 434-924-4370 or 434-924-4527
>O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
>Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
>Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
>Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
>Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
>A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
>To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
>Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
>The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
>Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.
>(Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls.
>Stolen from the Washington Post's Style Invitational Week CLXI)